James S. Graham
1942 - 2017
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James S. Graham

James Stewart Graham, much loved father and husband, passed away February 15th, from pancreatic cancer. Jim was proud to proclaim his nickname, "Grusome". He is survived by his children, Allison Zingmark, Jeff Graham, and Ann Graham, his wife of 36 years Pam Smith-Graham, sisters Phyllis Kohl and Mary Graham, and granddaughters Amber Zingmark Holmes and Jeannette Zingmark. His parents, John Henry (Harry) and Elsie Graham, sister Elaine Bratt and brother Bob Graham previously passed away.

Jim was born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1942 and started his life on a farm. He spoke fondly of going to school in a one room schoolhouse. In his teenaged years, he and his family moved into Lincoln. His high school jobs included working at Hinky Dinky and at one of the early McDonalds. A favorite pastime was roller skating, including participating in semi-pro roller skating shows. While attending college he met and married Sharon Rae and they welcomed Allison and Jeff into their lives. Jim was working as a firefighter when he and a friend traveled to Seattle to take the Seattle Fire Department exam. Unfortunately, his poor vision precluded his getting hired, but from this brief exposure he and his friend both loved Seattle so much, they packed up their families and moved here.

Once in Seattle he worked at Boeing. He enjoyed his job trying to break airplane parts (seeing what stress they could take). He moved on to Seattle City Light working as a Line Helper. He was promoted to Lineworker Apprentice and then to Lineworker. He moved over to being a Cablesplicer and retired as a Locater, locating underground electrical lines. Jim retired after working at City Light for over 34 years. It was at City Light he met Pam Smith-Graham, they married and had daughter Ann.

Jim's passion was cooking. His chili and smoked meats were clamored for, and seeing what he'd bring to a potluck was a something to look forward to. He enjoyed all parts of planning, shopping for, and cooking a dish or a meal to be shared with others. His hobbies included skiing, working on his AMC Rambler Rogue and vegetable and herb gardening.

Jim enjoyed his retirement years with travel and working in his shop. A favorite saying was, "ask me what day it is" and then answer, "it's Saturday." Because every day is Saturday when you are retired.

He wanted people to know that he loved the family, no matter how big it got, with both official and unofficial family members.

A celebration of his life will be held on March 25th from 2 to 5 pm at the family home in Seattle. Donations in his memory should be made to Planned Parenthood.

Please sign Jim's online Guestbook at www.Legacy.com.

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Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 21, 2017.
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April 1, 2017
Simply put, jim was a hell of a man.
Anthony Smith
March 10, 2017
Pam and Ann, so sorry for your loss. Jim was a fun guy and I enjoyed getting to know him (and the rest of my Seattle family) after I moved to Seattle in 2005. I had no idea he was so into roller skating! Would love to hear more about that and other stories next time I visit Washington. Sending love your way.

Meagan Phillipy
February 28, 2017
I am so sorry to hear about Gruesome. He was very interesting to work with. My sympathies to Pam and the whole family. He is in good company now with a whole new crew to cook for.
Lesley Karabach
February 21, 2017
What an extraordinary man. I will remember him always as kind, smart, funny and wonderful! So sorry to hear of his passing. Sending love and best wishes to Pam, Anne and the whole family who he loved so much, and who will so miss him.
Vivyan Adair
February 21, 2017
Sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Having worked with Jim at SCL was a unique experience. His attention to detail was persistent and I consider myself fortunate to have worked with "Grusome", both in the overhead and underground. My prayers are for Pam and the rest of his family during this time of loss.
Don Melrose
February 21, 2017
Jim was a very generous and giving person. My thoughts are with you Pam, Ann, Allison, and Jeff in these difficult times.
Rachel Ann Price
February 21, 2017
I am sorry to learn of Grusome's passing. He will be missed and fondly remembered by his many friends and extended family.
Robert Moore
February 20, 2017
So sad to hear that Jim has left us and moved on to his next adventure, I know he will make the best of it, my thoughts are with his family!
Paula Rose
February 20, 2017
Grusome was one of a kind and a great guy to work with. My thoughts are with Pam and all family and friends.
Kris Peterson
February 20, 2017
Great guy, who will be missed! Thoughts and prayer to Pam and her family.
Mike Knutson
February 20, 2017
So sorry to hear of James' passing! He will be missed by his family and friends! My thoughts go out to Pam and her family
Paul Weintraub
February 20, 2017
We were saddened to hear of uncle Jim's passing, but know that he isn't in pain anymore and he is probably having a party with mom, uncle Bob and grandma and grandpa and oh what a party it must be. Rest In Peace uncle Jim.

Robin, John and Marion Heindryckx and Adam, Tanya and Quinn Thayer. (Elaine's daughter and family)
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